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Find Your Home at NLC. 

Some of the most valuable benefits of NLC membership are the relationships city leaders can form with their peers. Through our networks, council, groups and committees, municipal leaders share creative ideas, learn from their peers, shape NLC policy on federal issues and grow as local leaders on the national stage.

NLC offers a number of ways for local leaders to get involved and get the most out of their membership experience. Find out how to join groups below.

2018 Application Timeline
Leadership Position Due
Officers and Board of Directors  October 13, 2017
Advocacy Committee Chair or Vice Chair
Member Council Chair or Vice Chair
Constituency Group President or Vice President
General Position Due
Advocacy Committee December 1, 2017
Member Council Accepted
Year Round
Constituency Group
Officers and Board of Directors

As a member of the board of directors, you join an elite group of local leaders who are guiding our organization and shaping the future of cities. A position on our board of directors offers unparalleled opportunities to affect change at the national level while raising your profile as a city leader.

Contact Carla Smith (smith@nlc.org) with questions.

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Federal Advocacy Committees

Raise your profile as a municipal leader on Capitol Hill while working with city leaders from across the nation in developing the organization’s federal policy positions. These positions are the foundation of our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. Combined, these federal policy positions make up the National Municipal Policy.

Contact Avery Peters (peters@nlc.org) with questions.

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Member Councils

The NLC’s Member Councils reflect the different types of communities you represent. Whether you are from a college town, a military community, a large city, a small town, or a suburb, there is a council that represents your community. Councils meet twice annually - once at the Congressional City Conference held in Washington DC each March and once at the City Summit each November.

Contact Seantae Byers (sbyers@nlc.org) with questions.

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Constituency Groups

Constituency Groups are caucuses within the National League of Cities membership that share common interests and concerns. They reflect the diverse interests and backgrounds of NLC's membership and contribute to NLC's leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy, and program activities.

Contact Anna Lopez Buck (buck@nlc.org) with questions.

Find out more and apply:

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Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council

Join a group of local officials working toward building a world in which every local official is equipped to effectively lead and serve an inclusive and healthy community. 

Contact Kim Keith (keith@nlc.org) with questions

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